Two friends are talking about their loving lives.

A: Do you date only women who have something wrong with them?

B: I'm not dating anyone.

Usually, adverbs are between subject and main verb, so "only date ..." is more likely right.

Should I use "date only ..." or "only date ..." or both are fine?

It seems a pattern "verb only". I cannot find this rule/pattern in https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/only

Could someone help me on this?


1 Answer 1


In this case "only" is used as an adverb, therefore its position depends on the focus of the sentence. Usually it is put between the subject and the main verb, so:

Do you only date women who have something wrong with them?

seems more correct to me, but according the Cambridge dictionary both of them are ok.

Source: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/only


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .